Even while you are in this world, try to learn how to serve Radha-Krsna Conjugal. They are the extreme limit of visnu-tattva. To serve Radha-Krsna Conjugal and to realize something about them, even in the stage of sadhana, is called mukti. Giving up both material bodies (gross and subtle), situating ourselves in our constitutional form, and serving Radha-Krsna is actual mukti.
Sastra explains that by chanting and by hearing hari-katha, one becomes detached from worldly desires and sense-gratification. This is mukti. Even when devotees are apparently here in this world, like Sukadeva Gosvami, still they are detached. They are not attached to anything in this world. Even a madhyama-adhikari may be detached, and what to speak of an uttama-adhikari.
Bilvamangala was very much controlled by lust and he was attached to a prostitute. It was only when he was kicked by that prostitute, that he realized what a blunder he had made. He began to chant and remember Krsna, and he totally took shelter of Him. At that time he became detached from this world, and Krsna, taking him by his finger or stick, led him to Vrndavana. You know all these facts. When Bilvamangala was transformed and realized his soul, he began serving Radha-Krsna Conjugal. They thus became anxious to give him Their darsana, They gave Their darsana, and then They took him to Goloka Vrndavana.
You know that the sons of Kuvera, Nalakuvera and Manigriva, were cursed by Narada to became trees. Later, by touching only the rope binding Krsna to the grinding mortar, not even touching Him directly, they were liberated by His energy transmitted through the rope. What was their outcome? They became Snigdha-kantha and Madhu-kantha in Goloka Vraja. They remained always in the council of Krsna, telling all His sweet pastimes there. Sometimes they were in the gopis’ council and sometimes in another council. This is called ‘sva-rupena vyavasthitih.’ When we will be established in our constitutional form, we will be able to realize this mukti.
Holland, June 8, 2001